January 15, 2007

Workers' comp still available to some 9-11 volunteers

Source: NYSUT Health and Safety Newsletter
Caption: Devastation from 9/11 posed significant risks to volunteers during clean-up operations.

Did you participate in rescue, recovery or cleanup after the attack on the World Trade Center?

If you did paid or unpaid rescue, recovery

or cleanup work in lower Manhattan during the year after 9/11, you may be eligible for medical and wage replacement benefits - but only if you register first with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board.

If you worked or volunteered:

  • anywhere in Manhattan south of Canal or Pike streets;
  • on the barge operation between lower Manhattan & Staten Island;
  • at the Staten Island landfill;
  • at the New York City morgue; and
  • you are currently sick, psychologically distressed and haven't filed a workers' compensation claim;
  • you are not sick but were exposed;
  • you've filed and been denied;
  • you have filed a successful claim but are concerned that you might develop a different illness in the future

- you need to register

Registering now will preserve your right to file a workers' compensation claim for a 9/11-related disorder no matter when it develops in the future.

For complete information, eligibility requirements and to get all the necessary forms for registration, visit www.nycosh.org or call (866) WTC-2556.

Devastation from 9/11 posed significant risks to volunteers during clean-up operations.